Bright was that milky way, / Shining and revolving in the sky. / The king said, 'Oh ! / What crime is chargeable [...] Cf. Shijing 258
1. Wei-shang Mâu said to Confucius, "Ch'iû, how is it that you keep roosting about? Is it not that you are an [...] Cf. Lunyu 379
Lin / Approach / The earth above the lake: The image of APPROACH. Thus the superior man is inexhaustible In his will [...] Cf. Yijing 19
Heaven is eternal, the Earth everlasting. / How come they to be so? It is because they do not foster their own lives; / [...] Cf. Daodejing 7
The ruler of Shu had his eyes on Wu and progressed as far as the Three Gorges. / In the year of his demise, too, [...] Cf. Tangshi 193
Thus it is that in war the victorious strategist only seeks battle after the victory has been won, whereas he who is [...] Cf. Sunzi 52
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Why read Confucius, Lao-tse or the Book of Changes? Well, these Chinese classics have had a major influence on the oldest civilization still in existence on the face of this planet; that should be enough. If not, please consider that China, mostly as a distant mirror where hopes and fears are reflected, has exercised a profound impact on the thinking patterns of Western civilisations, and will. This article in the Routledge Encyclopedia of Philosophy explains things better.
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